Darrelle Revis: Day 1 vs. Redskins shows ‘physical’ Patriots D ‘getting better every day’
|08.04.14 at 7:56 pm ET|
RICHMOND, Va. — Redskins coach Jay Gruden knows an aggressive defense when he sees one. As the offensive coordinator of the Bengals and newly minted Andy Dalton, he went up against the Ravens and Steelers twice a year.
On Monday, he complimented the Patriots’ aggressiveness, particularly from the secondary led by Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. He called it a “learning experience” for his offense.
“They didn’t have a problem today,” Gruden said. “There’s no referees out there. They have two very physical corners and some of their backups did a nice job as well. It’s a great test for our guys. We’re going to have to work on our releases. I think we got knocked off quite a bit today. I liked the fact that they were physical because teams are going to be physical with our guys until we can fight it off and make them pay.”
Revis had a different perspective but came away with the same feeling.
“We’re getting better every day,” Revis said. “We’re improving every day and this is the time in training camp where we get closer. It’s going well. Everybody is playing at a high level and we just have to continue that high level of playing going into the season.”
But Revis cautioned that he wasn’t focused on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, or Tom Brady, for that matter.
“I wasn’t really focusing on how they looked,” Revis said. “I’m trying to make sure I do my job and look good out here as well. It’s just competing. That’s all we’re trying to do. Both sides are trying to get each other looks out there and just compete.
“Competition kicks at that time and there might be a couple of words out there at times. It’s all in good [spirit]. We know the Redskins just like they know us. Some of us are friends with each other. It goes back and forth. It’s just competition.”
The competition this week will come in the form of one of the fastest and quickest receivers in the league, DeSean Jackson.
“I have got a lot of respect for DeSean Jackson,” Revis said. “I played against him a number of years and he’s one of the best in the league. He’s fast, he’s craft and I have a lot of respect for him. I saw a lot of him [Monday]. It was good. It was a good practice.
“I’m really not the stat guy out there. I’m trying to do my own job and focused on what I can do and whoever lines up in front of us as a defense, you just try to execute so I’m not really paying attention to what RGIII is doing, or even what Tom is doing. I’m just trying to do my job.”
Last year, Revis came up to New England with Tampa Bay for joint practices with the Buccaneers but didn’t take part as he was still rehabbing from his torn ACL of 2012. Monday marked Revis’ first dip into the waters of joint practices.
“This is my first one,” he said. “Just to see another team. We’ve been going at it for a couple of days now as a team, and going against our offense. It’s good to see a different offense and gauge our defense from there and go from there and try to improve.
“Tempo is key. Every team has their own tempo. It’s just for us to come out here and compete. It’s almost like a game. It’s game speed. You just try to go out there and execute and do what you need to do as team.”